Friday (day 3) dawned with us jumping in the Landcruisers, leaving the salt flats, and driving through the mountains and past several lakes on our way to the “Red Lagoon.”
The “Red Lagoon” has a pink color when the wind blows because the algae in the lake is pink.
On Saturday morning we visited the final destination – steam geysers and lava. Well, we were told it was lava, but it was actually just boiling mud. A slight disappointment, but it was cool nevertheless!
We didn’t expect the trip to be so rustic or to have so many tourists (and it’s not even tourist season yet!) but we really enjoyed it. There was so much to see and we were reminded of God’s creativity as we saw such diversity – miles and miles of salt, mountains, lakes (pink and green ones!), deserts, volcanos, and wildlife. And we were able to experience it all with some great friends. It couldn’t have been better!
After 30 hours of continuous travel, we’re back from our Uyuni Salt Flats vacation and here are some of the highlights! We were gone for 5 days (Wednesday through Sunday) and had a BLAST!
Our first leg of the trip was by bus to Oruro. We arrived shortly after noon and spent the rest of the day sight-seeing in town before we caught the overnight train that would take us to Uyuni.
The first stop of our tour on Thursday was the Train Graveyard, just outside of Uyuni. It was fun climbing on the trains and we even found a train that spoke our “language”…
Our next stop was the Salt Flats – we visited a small “factory” that processes salt and were shown how they get salt from the ground to our kitchen table. The first step in the process is to make big mounds of salt so it can dry out (shown in the picture). Unfortunately, a sandstorm passed through the salt flats a few days before we did and it left the flats light brown behind it. Usually, the flats are brilliant white – and some of our pictures turned out that way! It was amazing to see how big and expansive the flats are, with an area of 12,000 square kilometers. And the depth of salt varies between two and nine meters. That’s a TON of salt!